Bee friendly insecticides? Scientists unlock genetic key to kill crop pests, sparing beneficial insects

Bee friendly insecticides? Scientists unlock genetic key to kill crop pests, sparing beneficial insects

Researchers at Michigan State University’s entomology department have unlocked a key to maintain the insecticide’s effectiveness in eliminating pests without ...
Sequenced potato genomes could speed development of disease-resistant varieties

Sequenced potato genomes could speed development of disease-resistant varieties

Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic ...
Using sunlight to make plastic? Genetically modified algae shows promise

Using sunlight to make plastic? Genetically modified algae shows promise

Michigan State University scientists are proposing a new way to economically produce biodegradable plastics with sunlight and help from an ...
Could we control bee-killing Varroa mites by exploiting their genetic vulnerabilities?

Could we control bee-killing Varroa mites by exploiting their genetic vulnerabilities?

Seemingly indestructible Varroa mites have decimated honeybee populations and are a primary cause of colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Michigan ...
Less milkweed due to herbicide likely contributed to early monarch butterfly declines, study finds

Less milkweed due to herbicide likely contributed to early monarch butterfly declines, study finds

[Monarch butterfly] numbers ... are shrinking. New research at Michigan State University, published in the current issue of the journal ...
Plants that 'fertilize themselves'? Gene discovery could lead to reductions in synthetic fertilizer use

Plants that ‘fertilize themselves’? Gene discovery could lead to reductions in synthetic fertilizer use

The lessons of plant diversity and competition learned from a clover patch, which are featured in a special issue of ...
CRISPR gene editing successfully used on non-human primate for first time in US

CRISPR gene editing successfully used on non-human primate for first time in US

In a study led by Michigan State University, scientists have shown that gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technology can be quite ...

Organic sales have plateaued following rapid growth

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, total organic product sales by farms and ranches in the U.S. have increased ...

Finding a treatment for binge eating, with rats and frosting

Two strains of rats, cans of vanilla frosting and a theory have helped MSU professor of psychology Kelly Klump take ...